Maria Juliana is 48 years old and lives in the highland region of Totonicapan, Guatemala. She is married with 5 children, and her husband currently works in the United States. Maria finished elementary school before starting to work for a living. She currently runs a home furniture business, which she started on her own. She has been in the business for 14 years.
Maria is requesting a loan to purchase more furniture materials for her store. She hopes that this loan will help her increase her sales and in time grow her business in order to serve more clients. This is Maria´s third loan through ASDIR, and the other two loans were paid back in full with no problems.
About Asociación ASDIR
ASDIR (Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Rural - Association for the Development of Rural Communities) is a community-based organization that works to promote development in the villages and communities where it serves. It was founded in 1999 in the village of Nimasac, Totonicapán Department, by a handful of local men and women to support community projects and group loans. Today ASDIR has 5 offices across 3 departments (Totonicapán, Sololá and Suchitepéquez) serving more than 6,000 clients, most of them in rural communities.